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By Evil Means (Phoebe Siegel #1)

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  75 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Phoebe Siegel has a brother who's a priest; her other brother was a cop and everyone thinks he killed himself. Her sister is a recovering drug addict. And Fee, as the folks in Billings, Montana, call her, is a divorced ex-cop with a private investigator's license. Things could be worse...and they're about to get that way. Just north of Billings, there's a place called Whis ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by Crimeline (first published January 1993)
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Prowell, Sandra West - 1st in Phoebe Siegal series

Phoebe Siegel is an ex-cop turned PI with attitude. When asked to look into the strange behavior of a client's daughter--a troubled girl whose affair with Siegel's brother may have led him to suicide--Siegel gets an eyeful within the walls of Whispering Pines sanatorium, whose guarded rehab program prescribes coercion, blackmail and murder.

Good humor, liked the characters
Jan 16, 2010 Babette rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I am not sure how I learned about this author, but she was on my list and I found her first book in Foul Play, my favorite used book shop. It was better than I expected. I guess it should have been - it was a finalist for a Shamus, a Dilys and a Hammett award.
Although it is set in Montana, the locale does not define the plot. Phoebe Siegel comes from a complicated family, and is a strong and likable character. I look forward to the next installment.
Oct 04, 2010 Cupcakencorset rated it really liked it
The first Phoebe Siegel novel (the same series that When Wallflowers Die is in). I ordered both of the earlier novels as soon as I finished WWD (yay,!) and received them a couple of days ago. I’m so glad I did! This first novel is even better than WWD, I think.
Mar 29, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Well-crafted suspense story, centered around Phoebe Seigel, a private investigator in Montana. The last 2-3 chapters are full of suspense and the final outcome is a complete surprise. Lots of unusual characters - a fun read!
I have already read the second book in the 'Phoebe Seigel' series, but now I feel I need to go back and look at it again - although at the time it didn't seem that the order of Prowell's books mattered, I'm wondering now what I missed by not knowing the background for the se
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Feb 02, 2017 Jeff Dickison rated it really liked it
If I could I would rate this 3.5. The basic plot is excellently done, but Prowell sometimes is kinda weird in how she tells the tale. Sometimes there are too many histrionics, but the story is gripping. Recommended to mystery fans.
Feb 20, 2011 Ellen marked it as to-read
Shelves: jeffco, montana
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I found this book a little slow to start but once I got into it I enjoyed it.
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